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Date City Hall
Date City Hall
Flag of Date
Official seal of Date
Location of Date in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Date in Fukushima Prefecture
Date is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
 • Total 265.10 km2 (102.36 sq mi)
 (1 October 2017)
 • Total 60,916
 • Density 229.785/km2 (595.140/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Pinus densiflora
- Flower Peach
- Bird Wagtail
Phone number 024-575-2570
Address 180 Hobaramachi aza Funabashi, Date-shi, Fukushima-ken 960-0692
Website Official HP

Date (伊達市 , Date-shi) is a city in northern Fukushima, Japan.

There were nine towns in Date District, Fukushima. On January 1, 2006, five towns in Date District joined together and became the city of Date. These five towns were Hobara, Yanagawa, Date, Ryōzen, and Tsukidate. Hobara was in the center.

The Date family

The Date clan was a powerful group during the Edo period. They controlled Miyagi and southern Iwate. After the Edo period, in the Meiji period, many samurai lost their land during the Meiji Restoration. The Date clan also lost their land. Part of the family went to Hokkaidõ. They started another city, Date, Hokkaidõ. The family name of Date clan came from Fukushima.

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

Date is about 60 km north-west of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Date is outside the area people are not allowed to live. However, radiation in the city made people, especially schoolchildren, stay indoors more.

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